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Agenda

DRAFT Agenda as of 10/5/2016 - subject to change.

Day One: Tuesday, October 18, 2016

7:30 to 9:00 a.m. Registration Open
8:30 to 8:35 a.m. Welcome
Mike Kuhns
Department Head and Extension Forestry Specialist, Wildland Resources
Utah State University, Logan, Utah
8:35 to 8:40 a.m.
Conference Overview
Darren McAvoy
Extension Assistant Professor
Utah State University, Logan, Utah
8:40 to 9:15 a.m.
The Great Big Context of Climate Disruption.
Rob Davies
Physicist
Utah Climate Center.
9:15 to 10:00 a.m.
Drought-driven tree mortality and climate change: What have we learned so far?
Bill Anderegg
Assistant Professor, Biology
University of Utah
10:00 to 10:30 a.m Break
10:30 to 11:10 a.m.
Keynote
Andrea Brunelle
Professor & Chair, Department of Geography
University of Utah.
11:10 to 11:40 a.m
Understanding the landscape of public attitudes about climate change.
Peter D. Howe
Assistant Professor, Department of Environment and Society
Utah State University
11:40 a.m. to 12:10
Restoring the Rivers of the West.
Dan McCool
Director, Environmental and Sustainability Studies Program, Professor, Political Science
University of Utah
12:10 to 1:40 p.m. Poster Session and Lunch
1:40 to 2:10 p.m.
Grand climate-adaptation experiments, intended or not, in post-fire restoration.
Matthew J Germino
Research Ecologist, US Geological Survey
Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center
2:10 to 2:40 p.m.
Accelerating Renewables and Energy Efficiency to Mitigate Climate Change.
Sarah Wright
Executive Director
Utah Clean Energy
2:40 to 3:10 p.m.
Weather and climate tools for rangeland restoration planning and assessment.
Stuart Hardegree
Plant Physiologist, USDA-ARS
Northwest Watershed Research Center, Boise, ID
3:10 to 3:40 p.m. Break
3:40 to 4:10 p.m.
Indirect effects of climate on regeneration of aspen forests mediated through ungulate herbivory and wildfire.
Sam St. Clair
Associate Professor, Plant & Wildlife Sciences
Brigham Young University
4:10 to 4:40 p.m.
Climate change effects on water resources management and potential adaptations for the future.
Sarah Null
Assistant Professor, Department of Watershed Sciences
Utah State University
4:40 Adjourn
5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Reception at Jack's Wood Fired Oven, 256 N Main St, Logan, UT 84321, Minibus shuttle will depart University Inn at 5:15 and make return trips as needed

Day Two: Wednesday, October 19, 2016

8:00 a.m. Registration Open
8:30 to 8:35 a.m. Welcome
Paul Rogers
Western Aspen Alliance
Utah State University
8:35 to 9:15 a.m.
Keynote
The Colorado River, Climate Change and Drought.
Johnathan Overpeck
Regents Professor of Geosciences, Hydrology and Atmospheric Sciences
The University of Arizona
9:15 to 9:55 a.m.
Navigating Complex Human-Nature Relationships in Rocky Mountain and Wasatch Communities.
Courtney G Flint
Associate Professor of Natural Resource Sociology
Utah State University
9:55 to 10:20 a.m. Break
10:20 to 10:50 a.m.
Forest Carbon in the Rockies: Past and Future.
Michael G. Ryan
Senior Research Scientist, NREL
Colorado State University & Emeritus Scientist, Rocky Mountain Research Station
10:50 to 11:20 a.m. Wildlife response to climate change in the Western US: Learning from indicator species.
Lise Aubry
Assistant Professor, Department of Wildland Resources and the Ecology Center
Utah State University, Logan, UT
11:20 to 12:00

Up and Coming Research From Graduate Student Scientists
1) Characterizing Great Basin Bristlecone Pine Chemistry along Environmental Gradients to Assess Response to Climate Change.
Curtis Gray
2) Does temperature variation drive changes in the cover of big sagebrush (Artemisia tridentata) across its range?
Andrew Kleinhesselink
3) Forest soils in the Intermountain West - vegetation and disturbance effects on soil organic carbon.
Antra Boca
12:00 to 1:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 to 1:30 p.m.
Adapting Watershed Management to Climate Change.
Marian Hubbard
Watershed Section Manager
Salt Lake County Watershed Planning & Restoration Program
1:30 to 2:00 p.m.
The massive space and time scale of atmospheric processes that create localized extreme heat bursts, dry lightning, wildland fires, and debris flows in the western U.S.
Mike Kaplan
Research Professor, Division of Atmospheric Sciences
Desert Research Institute, Reno, NV
2:00 to 2:30 p.m.
Climate change, riparian vegetation removal, and channel change on the Colorado River.
Gigi A. Richard
Ph.D. Professor, Geology, Director
Hutchins Water Center at CMU, Colorado Mesa University
2:30 to 3:00 p.m. Break
3:00 to 3:30 p.m.
Decision Support in the Cadillac Desert: Climate Change and Water Supply in the Water Stressed and Politically Charged Western U.S.
Paul Miller
Service Coordination Hydrologist
NOAA - Colorado Basin River Forecast Center
3:30 to 4:00 p.m.
How will climate change alter the abundance of big sagebrush?
Peter Adler
Professor, Department of Wildland Resources and the Ecology Center
Utah State University, Logan, UT
4:00 to 4:30 p.m.
Climate Change and Wildland Fire.
J. Bradley Washa
Utah BLM State Fuels Specialist, DOI Bureau of Land Management
Utah State Office, Salt Lake City, Utah
5:00 p.m. Adjourn
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